This past Saturday we were invited out to Knott's for the kick-off of their summer celebration.
This included a plethora of all new shows, events, ghost town citizens and of course, extended summer hours. Below we'll look at the shows and also a review of the Knott's Fast-Lane which was amazing to have on a busy Saturday.
Pictures and Words by Gregg Condon
We arrived at the park around 11:30 ready to check-in for the event
After a quick ride on Ghostrider and the all new Iron Reef thanks to our Fast Lane, it was time for the ice show.
The Ice Show is always a welcome break from the summer heat.
We decided to take a front row seat over to the side, which turned out to be a good decision as lots of action takes place on stage left.
The dancers and skaters are, as always top notch.
The story shouldn't be surprising based on the name, it's really a tribute to Hollywood using the Peanuts characters with a great mix of music and fun.
All of the lead skaters get a chance to shine, sometimes multiple chances, which means the show runs about 35-40 minutes. Not sure if they'll cut some segments as the run goes on to give people a day off, but it wouldn't be the worst thing to cut it down by 5 minutes or so.
That said, the talent on display is tremendous and as always, the show is a lot of fun.
After the show it was time to head over to one of the picnic area's for a great lunch provided by the park. If you've never had one of Knott's picnic area buffet's, you are totally missing out.
Then it was back into the park to put our Fast Lane to use. The longest wait we had all day was probably GhostRider at about 10 minutes but only because we waited for the front row.
From about 3:00 to 5:30 we rode the following rides with minimal wait. This also included doing some shopping and refilling our souvenir bottle with boysenberry punch a few times. =)
Overall we had an amazing day at the park, we missed a few of the shows we wanted to see due to just having fun so we'll have to be sure to head back soon to check them out.
But if you are planning on going to the park on a weekend during the summer, you can't go wrong with the Fast Lane. It really does make you able to enjoy all the great stuff at Knott's with no stress.
Be sure to get to Knott's this summer for the extended hours, new shows and apparently there are some new nighttime effects on Montezooma's Revenge. Unfortunately we didn't hear about them until we left the park for the day. But we definitely want to check that out.
The park will also most likely be doing their 4th of July event this year, so we'll certainly share that information with you when the park sends it to us.
Last week we took a quick trip to Knott's to check out their preparations for Summer.
The park is kicking off a whole bunch of summer excitement this Saturday and we'll of course be there to check it all out this weekend. But in the meantime, here's some of the preparation that was going on last week.
Pictures and Words by Gregg Condon
It was a beautiful day at the farm, but was full of Middle School groups, not my thing so it was probably my quickest visit to the park ever, less than an hour.
How about a couple of pictures of Jaguar in action. The Coasting For Kids riders got a lot of rides in this past Sunday. You can still donate to the riders even though the event is over by clicking the link above.
A quick look at Iron Reef, the line didn't look too bad even though the park was relatively busy.
The stage for the new Vertical Impact shows, there is a day time and night show. They are definitely going for the Steampunk Theme here. Looks and sounds like fun, the description is below.
(NEW) Vertical Impact – Calico Square Stage: The show presents the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high flying acrobats performing a one of a kind performance perfect for the entire family! This high energy show is set to the most popular songs of today, combining everything from trampoline stunts, BMX riders, skaters, dancers, and aerialists. Every show ends with an informal meet & greet for the guests with the entire cast on stage. June 13 - August 23. No shows on Mondays & Tuesdays
(NEW) Vertical Impact: Geared Up! – Calico Square Stage: The fun continues after dark as the cast pumps up the volume with the latest hits, the biggest tricks and awesome special effects. The pace is intensified, the stunts are electrified, and the cast is breaking down the walls, defying gravity, and taking it all to the next level. "DJ Nytemadness” keeps the party going mixing all the best of current EDM, dance & pop hits after each show while the gleeful cast invites guests become a part of the fun. June 13 - August 23; no shows on Mondays & Tuesdays
Some of the other shows coming to the park this summer.
(NEW) Blockbuster Beagle!...on ice - Charles M. Schulz Theatre:Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies "go Hollywood" bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure. Join Snoopy and our world-class ice skating stars for this amazing new production! June 13 - August 23; no shows on Wednesdays
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies – Bird Cage Theatre: Things get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show that has Knott’s audiences clamoring for more! See Knott’s website for show dates and times
(NEW) Big Band Swingin’ Sundays – Boardwalk Circle: The timeless allure of swing dancing is something guests won’t want to miss this summer! Jump, Jive & Swing to the sounds of Orange County’s best local Big Bands. Sundays,June 14 – August 30
The Big Fat Steve Band – Boardwalk Circle Stage: Back by popular demand, The Big Fat Steve Band is a one-of-a-kind dance band with a swingin’ beat. Enjoy the live musicality of rockabilly, swing and classic sounds. The only thing missing is your dance moves. See Knott’s website for show dates and times
(NEW) Salsa Bands – Fiesta Plaza Stage: Fiesta Plaza stage heats up this summer with the infectious energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands. See Knott’s website for show dates and times
Ghost Town Streetmosphere – Ghost Town Streets: Ghost Town is alive with townsfolk who will put you smack dab in the middle of the Wild West. New residents have put down stakes recently - Clem Culpepper, the ever hopeful gold miner, Ma & Pa Shine, our resident moonshiners & Nathan Quickly, the Pony Express Agent, and more Calico townsfolk
Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers - Camp Snoopy Theatre: Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, their friend JT, and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy will take the stage in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody! Daily, June 14 – September 1
Knott's Summer events begin this Saturday, be sure you are following along on Social Media as we'll be covering the event all day.